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Daniel Keyes (1927–2014)

Autor(a) de Flowers for Algernon

21+ Works 16,962 Membros 410 Reviews 17 Favorited

About the Author

Daniel Keyes was born in Brooklyn, New York on August 9, 1927. He received a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1950 and a master's degree in English literature in 1961 from Brooklyn College. He was an editor for pulp fiction magazines, taught English in New York City public schools, and was an mostrar mais English and creative writing professor at Wayne State University and Ohio University. In 1959, his novella Flowers for Algernon was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction and won the Hugo Award for best short fiction in 1960. By 1966 he had expanded the story into a novel with the same title, which tied for the Nebula Award for best novel that year. The novel was adapted as a stage play, developed as a dramatic musical, and adapted into a movie entitled Charly for which Cliff Robertson won the Academy Award for best actor. During his lifetime, he wrote several more novels including The Touch, The Fifth Sally, and Until Death. His three nonfiction books include The Minds of Billy Milligan, The Milligan Wars: A True-Story Sequel, and Unveiling Claudia. He also wrote a memoir entitled Algernon, Charlie and I. He died from complications of pneumonia on June 15, 2014 at the age of 86. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos

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Associated Works

The Hugo Winners: Volumes One and Two (1972) — Contribuinte — 702 cópias
The Hugo Winners: Volume One (1955-1961) (1962) — Contribuinte — 318 cópias
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury (1988) — Contribuinte — 251 cópias
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series (1961) — Contribuinte — 154 cópias
5th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1960) — Contribuinte — 148 cópias
Flowers for Algernon (play) (1969) — Based on the novel by — 133 cópias
Space Mail (1980) — Contribuinte — 131 cópias
Those Who Can: A Science Fiction Reader (1960) — Contribuinte — 123 cópias
Nebula Awards Showcase 2001 (2001) — Contribuinte — 105 cópias
Stories of Suspense (1963) — Contribuinte — 70 cópias
Best SF Four (1961) — Contribuinte — 65 cópias
The Frozen Planet and Four Other Science-Fiction Novellas (1966) — Contribuinte — 58 cópias
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 10th Series (1961) — Contribuinte — 48 cópias
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contribuinte — 44 cópias
Charly [1968 film] (1968) — Original book — 16 cópias
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contribuinte, algumas edições13 cópias
SF Inventing the Future (1972) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Østenfor sol : 38 fantastiske fortellinger fra hele verden (1969) — Contribuinte — 11 cópias
Galaxy Science Fiction 1958 August, Vol. 16, No. 4 (1958) — Contribuinte — 7 cópias
Life Styles (2001) — Contribuinte — 6 cópias
Otte Science Fiction Noveller — Autor, algumas edições2 cópias


Conhecimento Comum



Found: Romance set in Greece em Name that Book (Abril 2023)
Which Fine Press is doing Flowers for Algernon? em Fine Press Forum (Março 2023)
Second Round: A Flower for Algernon by Daniel Keyes em Consensus Press (Outubro 2022)
True Crime Drug Related Murders em Name that Book (Julho 2013)
Has anyone read this book em Book talk (Janeiro 2012)


I've heard a few statements about how intelligence doesn't always go along with happiness. This book beautifully explains why.

It opens with a very choppy, phonetic narrative style that represents the early reports of a man (Charlie) about to undergo an experiment to increase his intelligence. The text alters as the experiment takes affect, and we see the changes happening in Charlie's perspective and character.

I'm not sure how much more I can really say without risking spoiling things. I read this book because my father suggested it to me and it's also on the "staff's choice" shelf at my local indie bookstore. It's not a long book, and well worth the read, but it is sad in ways. Fair warning.… (mais)
WeeTurtle | outras 384 resenhas | Jun 14, 2024 |
Sentimentality is the book’s main draw. We feel for Charlie when he slowly realizes he was once retarded. We feel for Charlie as he remembers being bullied. We feel for Charlie when his mother can’t accept him being different. We feel for Charlie when he has trouble connecting with women. Again, making readers feel something is no mean feat at all, and Keyes deserves credit for that.

The novel’s themes by themselves are not superficial: what does intelligence do to a person? What does being smarter than most people around you do to someone? How are emotions and intelligence correlated? I’m sure lots of brainy people that read lots of books have bumped into these questions as teenagers, and possibly in their later lives as well.

But sadly this novel doesn’t show a lot of insight in the human condition – not that Keyes doesn’t have ambition, opening his novel with a quote from Plato’s Republic. Yet the end result is more philosophical soap opera than probing analysis: it seems as if the book only adds plot & emotion to the original short story, not so much ideas.


Full review on Weighing A Pig Doesn't Fatten It
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bormgans | outras 384 resenhas | Jun 11, 2024 |
Is This An Overview?
Charlie Gordon is intellectually disabled. Before and after having an operation that can increase Charlie’s intelligence, Charlie is asked to write down progress reports for research purposes. They act like diary entries. It is through these progress reports that the book is written. Before the operation, the researchers perform various tests on Charlie’s intelligence. Some of the tests are a competition with the mouse Algernon, to complete a maze. Charlie kept losing to the mouse. The mouse had the intelligence operation that they were going to perform on Charlie.

When they do perform the operation on Charlie, the gradual progress frustrations Charlie, but eventually Charlie becomes much smarter. Even Charlie’s memory improves. With the new found intelligence, Charlie became an expert in many intellectual fields and languages. When Charlie was intellectually disabled, Charlie had friends, but the friends had fun at Charlie’s expense. When Charlie became an intellectual, Charlie made others feel inferior and therefore lost friends. Charlie’s intelligence became so vast, that Charlie thought the researchers were inadequate compared to Charlie, that they were frauds. Charlie’s intelligence may have drastically increased, but not Charlie’s emotional intelligence. Problems for Charlie did not disappear after having the intelligence operation. The problems just became different.

As this book is written from progress reports by Charlie, some of the progress reports can be difficult to read. As Charlie’s intelligence improves, so does the writing. This makes the story very consistent. Giving the reader an immersive experience.

This book has psychological foundations, but psychology has advanced. Some of the ideas presented in the book might have been popular during the era, but have been proven wrong. Terminology has also gone through changes. Some of the terminology was appropriate during the era, but are no longer considered appropriate.
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Eugene_Kernes | outras 384 resenhas | Jun 4, 2024 |
dopo quasi 5 anni è apparso un like su questa valutazione, non ricordando cosa avessi scritto sono venuta a vedere e ho trovato il nulla! 4 parole in croce per un romanzo che ho adorato (scuoto la testa sconsolata)
cinque anni è anche il tempo che mi ci è voluto per rendermi conto che questo spazio non serve soltanto per rinfrescare la memoria a me stessa: a volte qualcun altro legge
quindi, Lettore Probabile (amico o sconosciuto che tu sia) la recensione ufficiale è questa:

impattante, potente, straniante, straziante
da leggere assolutamente

esperimento scientifico
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LLonaVahine | outras 384 resenhas | May 22, 2024 |


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